FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN LATE 17TH CENTURY
FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN LATE 17TH CENTURY
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FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN LATE 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN LATE 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details

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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR


FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN

LATE 17TH CENTURY


10ft. 3in. by 9ft. 6in.

310 cm. by 290 cm.

Condition Report

The tapestry is slightly more golden in background areas than in catalogue image. Lined with Velcro. Beautiful colors of the whole palette. Restorations throughout, particularly in cream colored areas such as background and fireplace. Some small losses, minor splits and open warps. Beautiful quality and ready to hang.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Sixth Earl of Rosebery, Mentmore Towers, Sotheby's, London, 20 May 1977, lot 815

Sotheby's, New York, 2 March 1984, lot 352

Dario Boccara, Paris

Literature

Edith Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. I, 1985, p. 333


RELATED LITERATURE

Maurice Fenaille, État general des tapisseries de la manufacture des Gobelins - Periode de Louis XIV, vol. II, 1923, p. 347, pp. 365-70 

Catalogue Note

The original series of Les Mois Lucas or the Lucas Months, were woven in Brussels in 1535 and were owned by Louis XIV. They were subsequently burned for their gold and silver thread in 1797. The first Gobelins set of the series was made for Colbert and appears in the royal inventory of 1685. The Months were woven at the Gobelins with a variety of border types. Sets were produced for Baron Spaar, Swedish Ambassador to France in 1717, for Princess Conti, and for the King of Poland, among others. 


This panel, along with panels of December, June and July, hung in the South entrance of Mentmore Towers in Aylesbury, England. Representing 'February' and also called "the Game', the weaving incorporates members of the nobility playing cards and backgammon.

Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture
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